(1) Parent company guarantee; elements of interpretation.
(2) Character of guarantee – independent or accessory?
(1) When no joint intention of the parties could be established, the Arbitral Tribunal analysed the wording of the guarantee and the character of obligations undertaken by the guarantor as described in the guarantee.
(2) The wording of the guarantee provided that a performance failure was a condition for the guarantor’s obligations. The guarantee contained not only an obligation to pay money but also specific performance; it offered the guarantor the choice of either performing through its own means or through a third party. These facts indicated that the guarantee was not one independent from the underlying agreement, but accessory.
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III. SCC CASE 124/2000 SUBJECT-MATTERS: (1) Parent company guarantee; elements of interpretation. (2) Character of guarantee -- independent or accessory? Observations by Talbot Lindström